'Enough is enough': Grants Pass residents join in on global climate strikes

Rallies were seen from Portland to Eugene and Grants Pass. In front of the Josephine County courthouse, a crowd came together for about two hours for a protest rally. (Courtesy: Jonas Stewart Photography)

Friday is the first day of the so-called global climate strike to continue until next Friday. Youth organizer Greta Thunberg said more than 4,600 events were organized across 139 countries around the world.

Rallies were seen from Portland to Eugene and Grants Pass. In front of the Josephine County courthouse, a crowd came together for about two hours for a protest rally.

Together, they were holding signs and banners and even chanting anti-climate change slogans.

"I think the people want this," resident Amber Star said. "I think the people want to act and they want to do what's needed to have this happen. I think the political system is what's stopping everything."

Hosted by the Josephine Climate Alliance, organizers called the gathering the Global Climate Strike. Protestors said they're calling on elected officials of all levels to take action against the climate crisis.

"This is it for the planet," Star said. "Either we step up and take charge and take our power back and say 'Enough is enough' or we're all going to die, everything. The earth doesn't need us. We need her."

Unlike other protests in the Rogue Valley happening during school hours, the Grants Pass rally did not take place during school hours. Any students attending did not have chose between their education and their political activism, unlike other southern Oregon students who joined earlier rallies.

This all to gain momentum for the United Nations Climate Action summit taking place next Monday.

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